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The United States Declaration of Independence was an act of the Second Continental Congress, adopted on July 4, 1776, which declared that the Thirteen Colonies in North America were "Free and Independent States" and that "all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain, is and ought to be totally dissolved." The document, formally entitled The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen United States of America, explained the justifications for separation from the British crown, and was an expansion of Richard Henry Lee's Resolution (passed by Congress in July 2), which first proclaimed independence.

Note: The above applies to every Harry Turtledove timeline with a point of departure after 1776. It is only immediately germane to a few.

Declaration of Independence in "The Breaking of Nations"[]

President Nicole Yoshida used passages from the Declaration of Independence in her 2031 speech justifying Pacifican secession. Reminding that the document promoted the rights of "free and independent states," she emphasized that this meant multiple states, not bound to a whole. The Declaration went on to say that "whenever any form of government becomes destructive of the ends for which it was established, it is the right of the people to alter or to abolish it and to institute new government." The destruction of personal liberties in the United States throughout the 2020s was justification enough for this action.[1]

Declaration of Independence in The Disunited States of America[]

The Declaration of Independence was still remembered in one alternate by the states of North America well into the 21st Century, particularly by the original 13 colonies, and the various nations that existed after the United States fell apart in the early 1800s.[2] Crosstimers such as Justin Monroe were frustrated by the fact that few states actually adhered to the spirit of the Declaration.[3]

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  1. And the Last Trump Shall Sound, pg. 11.
  2. The Disunited States of America, pg. 209, HC.
  3. Ibid., pg. 72.